Algeria’s Interior Minister now Prime Minister

This comes after President Bouteflika announced he is dropping his bid for a fifth term in office.
Noureddine Bedoui
Minister of the Interior Noureddine Bedoui presents the official results of the local elections at the CIC conference center in Algiers on November 24th, 2017 during a press conference (Photo by Billal Bensalem/NurPhoto)

Algeria’s interior minister Noureddine Bedoui was named prime minister on Monday, the official APS news agency reported, in a political shake-up as President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his withdrawal from elections.

Bedoui replaces Ahmed Ouyahia as premier and has been tasked with forming a new government, according to APS.

Bouteflika’s decision not to stand for a fifth term in office follows tens of thousands of Algerians taking to the streets to protest his re-election bid.

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